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April 2017

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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Branches // The Red Kicks (Indie Folk) $7

Thursday, April 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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8pm - The Red Kicks 9pm - Branches http://branchesmusic.com ...the lady and gentlemen of Branches are making music that they believe in. Through both sing-along celebration and solitary longing, Branches offer their own brand of harmony-driven indie-rock, with elements of folk-instrumentation and pop-inspiration. Splitting their time between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Branches have described their collaborative process as ‘a lot like long-distance dating’. In their case, absence makes the heart grow fonder, more inspired, and a little too familiar…

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Kinda Kinky (The Kinks Tribute Band) / M T Foyer / The Jim Ruiz Set (Vintage Rock) $10

Friday, April 28 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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9pm - The Jim Ruiz Set 9:40pm - M T Foyer 10:20pm - Kinda Kinky https://www.facebook.com/KindaKinky/ Kinda Kinky are a band devoted to the music of The Kinks. Fronted by Minneapolis bar stars Dave Randall (The Boot R&B, Skeleton Ed, The Red Flags) and Keith Patterson (The Funseekers, The Conquerors, The Spectors), and backed by the formidable rhythm section of Lynn Von Sien on bass and Steve Kent on drums, they are a Twin Cities' favorite, making the Star Tribune's…

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Annie Mack // JoyAnn Parker (R&B/Blues) $10

Saturday, April 29 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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9pm - JoyAnn Parker 10pm - Annie Mack A meeting of the Musical Minds. Two Gifted Dynamic Performers and Writers of Original Songs that are Real, Melodic and Edgy. This is a show NOT to be missed. https://www.facebook.com/AnnieMackBlues/ http://joyannparker.com/home

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 30 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://pattyandthebuttons.bandcamp.com Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional…

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Srazhalys (Melodic Folk) $5

Sunday, April 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.reverbnation.com/srazhalys Melodic flavors of Eastern Europe & Central Asia merge with hard-driving Western rhythms to shape the sound of Srazhalys.

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May 2017

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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The Lucky Dutch & Nethan (R&B/Soul Rock) $7

Thursday, May 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to claim your spot! 8pm - Nethan 9pm - The Lucky Dutch http://www.theluckydutch.com/ The Lucky Dutch is an American roots-rock band from Illinois, formed in 2008 in Chicago by guitarist Nathan Graham and singer Claire Corriveau. They began their career performing extensively around Chicago’s bar and festival scene. In 2014, they released their first full length record, Bury the Night. In the past two years, they have toured extensively and opened for Marc…

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New Primitives (World Pop/Reggae) $5

Friday, May 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RESERVATIONS ACT LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exAHhcCVZWE http://www.newprimitives.com Turn up the heat mid-winter with New Primitives, a Minneapolis-based, world pop band, explores blended styles heavily influenced by Reggae, R & B, and Afro-Caribbean music. New Primitives features two Mid-western Rock and Country Hall of Fame members, Stanley Kipper and Chico Perez, friends since early childhood. They have won multiple music awards including four MN Music Academy Awards for "Best Performance" and "Best Reggae/World Band." The…

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Sawtooth Brothers ft. Michael Gay of Almighty American (Roots/Bluegrass) $7

Saturday, May 6 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! 9pm - Michael Gay 9:45pm - Sawtooth Brothers - http://sawtoothbrothers.com Dazzling audiences with precision picking and sharp harmonies developed over 8 years of playing, performing, and growing up together, these two sets of brothers have created a strong musical rapport with one another, which is channeled through their infectious original material. They have performed across 7 states and Canada, shared the stage with Garrison Keillor and Dr. Ralph Stanley.…

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Julian Manzara Quartet (Jazz) $5

Sunday, May 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! https://www.julianmanzara.com Julian Manzara is a guitarist and composer based in Minneapolis, MN. He is the leader of jazz group Julian Manzara Quartet, which focuses on performing his original compositions. The quartet's concerts feature strong melodies and intense improvisations in a wide variety of jazz styles including blues, jazz-samba and jazz-rock fusion. The group has performed at some of the Twin Cities’ favorite jazz spots such as Jazz Central Studios,…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Reilly,…

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Russ Parish / Preston Gunderson (Indie Pop Folk) $5

Thursday, May 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS! Call 612-379-3138 to claim your spot Cover on the tab 8pm - Preston Gunderson 9pm - Russ Parish https://www.russparrishmusic.com Born and raised in Nashville, Russ Parrish grew up surrounded by music. In June of 2016, he moved to Minnesota. He is inspired by the journey between faith and doubt, finding truth in places where decisions must be made. His journey is heard in his songs. "Where I see the sun, oh I know, I'll find…

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The Home Fires ft. Vicky Emerson & Sarah Morris with Annie Fitzgerald (Americana/Folk) $10

Friday, May 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Annie Fitzgerald: 9pm The Home Fires: 10pm - http://www.thehomefiresmusic.com/ The Home Fires is an Americana duo based in Minneapolis comprised of critically acclaimed singer/songwriters, Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson. Sarah and Vicky are established touring artists and after developing a close friendship and playing live shows together, they unearthed a gorgeous new sound featuring Sarah's clear, melodic voice and Vicky's warm, weathered harmony. - www.anniefitzgerald.com Singer-Songwriter Annie Fitzgerald has been noted for her ability to empathize with the listeners with…

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WTF & Thomas Abban (Indie) $7

Saturday, May 13 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! 9pm - Thomas Abban 10pm - WTF (Warren Thomas Fenzi) http://artistecard.com/wtfenzi#!/musics/113724 "'The single 'We Were Never Meant To Stay The Same' that was released in January has stayed with me since I first heard it. Beyond catchy, it delivers a kind of honest tough love message that manages to be very upbeat at the same time."- Rift Magazine "It falls into a sweet spot somewhere between Indie Rock and…

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Eustace the Dragon / Tispur / Queen Boychild (Indie) $6

Monday, May 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS! Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table 8pm - Queen Boychild 8:45pm - Tispur 9:15pm - Eustace the Dragon - Eustace the Dragon is Danny, Jess, and Amanda, mean harmony writers, country crooners, friendly folks who wanna break your heart. https://eustacethedragon.bandcamp.com/album/stubborn-root - https://tispur.bandcamp.com/ Tispur is a dream-folk project fronted by Samwise Carlson from Boise, ID. It combines intricate guitar-work, dream-like vocals, and ornate lyricism to excite evocative imagery of imaginary worlds. Samwise is known for their…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Reilly,…

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Mark Croft / Mike Munson (Roots / Blues) $7

Thursday, May 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your spot! Cover is on the tab. 8pm - Mike Munson 9pm - Mark Croft https://www.markcroftmusic.com Mark Croft is an award-winning singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist who has always been unafraid to break the genre barriers. Croft takes inspiration from a variety of musical styles and blends them into his own pop, roots & Americana based approach to songwriting, infusing soulful performances with infectious rhythms and unforgettable melodies. A seasoned performer, Croft…

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Little Riddles / Marah in the Mainsail (Acoustic) $7

Saturday, May 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS! Call 612-379-3138 to save your seat. The cover is on your tab. 9pm - Marah in the Mainsail (Acoustic) 10pm - Little Riddles - https://www.littleriddlesband.com Via driving rhythms, colorful solos, and vocal harmony, Minneapolis-based roots act Little Riddles delivers complex stories with simple melodies in the vein of the American folk traditions. Little Riddles is fronted by singer-songwriter Robert Pieh, who in 2013 picked up the guitar living in Costa Rica and began writing his…

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Delphia Cello Quartet (Modern Classical) $6

Sunday, May 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your spot! Cover charge on the tab http://delphiacelloquartet.com/recordings/ Founded in 2017, Delphia Cello Quartet plays original arrangements of popular tunes. Rachelle Smith earned her B.A. in Music from the University of Minnesota, where she studied under Tanya Remenikova. Other teachers include Olga Dolgaya, Laura Handler, and Hong Wang. Rachelle is an active performer around the Twin Cities, both as a cellist and as a singer/songwriter under the artist name Rachelle LaNae.…

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Watching For Foxes / Folk Family Revival (Americana) $8

Tuesday, May 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS! Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your spot! 8pm - Folk Family Revival http://www.folkfamilyrevival.com 9pm - Watching For Foxes https://watchingforfoxes.bandcamp.com - Watching for Foxes is an apparition, an ode to tales of yore coming to vibrant yet elusive life here and now. Bending biography by infusing existential banter and folk motifs, the band is constantly pushing boundaries both sonically and lyrically in the pursuit of the portrayal of true feeling. Like a stack of old letters hiding…

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M French / The Runaway Symphony (Folk) $6

Thursday, May 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your spot! Cover charge on your tab. 8pm - The Runaway Symphony 9pm - M French http://www.mfrenchmusic.com Nashville influenced singer-songwriter Matthew French’s music and lyrics catch at the strings of hope hidden within heartache. Guitar in hand, coffee cup nearby; the melody transports and the words tell a story. Our story. A human story. Matthew’s audiences feel themselves reflected in the warmth of his voice. Not strangers, just unmet friends. -…

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SZLACHETKA / Sophia Shorai (Folk)

Friday, May 26 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your spot! Cover charges on the tab 9pm - Sophia Shorai 10pm - SZLACHETKA https://matthewszlachetka.com SZLACHETKA (pronounced SLA-HET-KA) draws your gaze back to a simpler time when music was less about stylized production and more about its experiential nature. His songwriting finds inspiration in the threads that connect us, weaving a tapestry of familiar moments that pay homage to the past while leaning into a future that is yet capable of…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Reilly,…

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